Rice Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

mac and cheese

This is not gourmet macaroni and cheese. This is not mac and cheese with a crunchy breadcrumb topping, made from a roux base, and garnished with crispy deep-fried sage leaves and shaved white truffles (although I have a weak spot for this deluxe version). This is mac and cheese, where a rice cooker does all the work for you; and with a little light stirring, the result is a comforting, kid and baby-friendly meal in just 30 minutes.

I make this lunch on a whim, when I need something quick, easy, and that everyone loves. And I think you will particularly enjoy cooking such a simple meal after going through the more time-consuming, complex recipes over Christmas and New Year’s. This is also a great recipe to get the children involved in the kitchen. My four-year old son loves pouring in the ingredients and stirring them together. Even pressing the “start” button on the rice cooker thrills him. I often add cauliflower or broccoli to make the meal more nutritious, and also because I love the combination of cheese and cruciferous vegetables. Or if you prefer meat in your mac and cheese, you could stir in some pulled pork, shredded ham, crispy bacon bits or prosciutto at the end. Bon appetit!

About Dawn Chia

Dawn, a lanky food-crazed lady, started out writing for lifestyle magazines, and later spent several years in banking. When not eating, she's cooking, reading about, hankering after, and writing about food. On her first date with her boyfriend (now husband), they dined at four restaurants across Singapore. He's gained 25lbs since, and their culinary escapades continue after welcoming two rotund angels. Dawn's committed to feeding them with the best, and creating lasting food memories and traditions for her family.